OEDA Dateline Newsletter
  September 2015
Through advocacy, networking, and professional development, OEDA provides its members with resources to better inform leaders about the importance of economic development in their community.  The OEDA newsletter provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, principles, practices, and ethics in the field of economic development.  Please feel free to submit articles and announcements to oeda@assnoffices.com
2015 OEDA Annual Summit
"A World of Opportunity:  Economic Development in Ohio"

October 20 - 23

Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, OH  43017


Registration is now open for the 2015 OEDA Annual Summit!

  Registration is available through Monday, October 12th!

 Be sure to register for the Summit Pre-Conference Session
on October 20th - a new addition this year!

Click Here to view the full schedule of events, Summit registration info., and hotel room reservation info. 

Click Here to register online today! 
You may register by check or credit card via our online system.

You may book your hotel room now for the 2015 Annual Summit! A limited number of rooms have been blocked for the nights of October 19, 20, 21, and 22 at the discounted rate of $138 per night for single and double rooms. The reservation deadline is September 29, 2015.

You may make your reservation online by visiting http://www.ohioeda.com/AnnualSummit, or directly at https://aws.passkey.com/event/12892714/owner/2496028/landing. Or you may make your reservation by calling 1-800-Marriott - be sure to mention that you are booking your room in conjunction with the Ohio Economic Development Association Annual Summit.
OEDA Discount for Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

OEDA will be hosting the International Economic Development Council's professional development training, Managing Economic Development Organizations November 12-13, 2015 at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square.

As an OEDA member, you may register by October 1, 2015 through OEDA's discounted rate $435.  You must use the discount code OH15 when registering.

Click Here to register by credit card.

Click Here to register by check, download the registration form to mail with your check payment of $435.

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Asia Business Forum

  Export and Financing Opportunities in China
and Southeast Asia

Are you looking to expand your business into Asian markets? Do you need assistance with identifying quality distributors in Asia? Are cultural barriers preventing you from sourcing capital from Asia?

If so, please join us for a FREE seminar on Export and Financing Opportunities in China and Southeast Asia with an outstanding group of speakers ready to share their knowledge and answer your questions.
Where: Click below for more information and to register

Time:Registration and Networking: 8:30 a.m.; Program:  9:00 - 11:30 a.m.


This seminar has limited seating available.

You will receive an e-mail verification once your
seat has been confirmed.

If you have any questions about this event,
please feel free to contact Bonnie Hou at

(614) 914-5076 or emailbonnie.hou@midamericanglobal.com.

Building a High-Tech EcoSystem

  Join The Montrose Group, LLC for a webinar on
Sept. 21, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. EDT

Register now!


Regions with high-tech jobs and companies are leading the economic renaissance. Building those high-tech companies is not as simple as protecting IP and raising some cash. High-tech companies and regions alike succeed by building a high-tech EcoSystem that focuses as much as on workforce development and "buy local" campaigns as they do raising early stage capital. The Montrose Group, LLC lives technology based economic development and created a High-tech EcoSystem model that can help technology companies and regions alike.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Economic Development Efforts Help Create 379 Jobs Statewide

$31.6 Million in Private Capital Investment
Expected Around Ohio

By Stephanie Gostomski
Ohio Development Services Agency
  August 31, 2015

COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich today announced the approval of eight proposals that are expected to collectively create 379 jobs and retain 361 jobs.  Through collaboration and communication between the Governor's Office, JobsOhio and its regional partners, these projects were delivered to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority and approved on Monday. As a result, more than $31 million in capital investment and nearly $19 million in new payroll is expected to be injected into communities across the state.

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Circleville's getting a business incubator to serve southeast Ohio

By Carrie Ghose
Columbus Business First
August 24, 2015

A $5 million business incubator coming to Circleville is modeled on entrepreneurial centers such as Rev1 Ventures, the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center and Innovate New Albany – but with southeast Ohio character, economic development officials say.

The Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center, a public-private partnership on the campus of Ohio Christian University, is targeted for a fall 2017 opening. It will serve Pickaway County and surrounding Appalachian counties, said Ryan Scribner, executive director of the Pickaway Progress Partnership economic development organization.

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Ohio Incumbent Workforce
Training Voucher Program

Ohio Development Services Agency

More than 122,000 Ohio employees have been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program, and now the fourth round of funding is available to businesses. In Fiscal Year 2016 $6.9 million is available for employers to enhance the skills of their employees.

Training in the following high-demand fields is eligible:  Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Aviation, Automotive, Back Office, BioHealth, Corporate Headquarters, Energy, Financial Services, Food Processing, Information Technology and Services, Logistics, Polymers and Chemicals, and Research and Development.  Training opportunities include, but are not limited to, operational skills training, certification processes and equipment training. Training can occur at the employer’s facility, the provider’s training facility or at a third-party site.

The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $100,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate.

The Ohio Development Services Agency will soon be announcing the dates for round 4. For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm.


Trumbull County Brownfield Coalition Forging New Links

By Sarah Lown and Julie Edwards

The Trumbull County Brownfield Coalition is an outgrowth of successful brownfield redevelopment in Mahoning County, Trumbull's neighbor to the south.  Lead by the Western Reserve Port Authority and Trumbull County Planning Commission, the Coalition applied for and received a $600,000 U.S. EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant in 2013.  Other members of the coalition include the City of Warren, Howland Township, and the Mahoning River Corridor Initiative.

“Trumbull County’s brownfield sites are located in and around our urban cores.  They are large tracts of affordable land packed with potential for economic development because they offer access to highways, rail lines, and other infrastructure that businesses need.  Potential contamination of these sites has caused a barrier to redevelopment.  For too long, brownfields have been regarded solely as problems when in fact, under the right conditions, they can be an incredibly powerful asset that drives business creation and job growth,” said Sarah V. Lown, Senior Manager for Economic Development at the Port Authority. 


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By Lee Crume

Ohio is fortunate to have outstanding economic development professionals across the state. JobsOhio is committed to supporting the great work of those professionals through our managing directors that serve as liaisons to the key industries that drive our state.

This year, we’ve added two outstanding industry specialists to our roster of managing directors, and we encourage OEDA members to reach out to them for assistance and to leverage their expertise.

Ted Griffith is our managing director for Information Technology and Distribution & Logistics. He came to JobsOhio in February after 21 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he held a number of leadership positions in locations around the world, including France, Germany, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Silicon Valley. With an MBA from The Ohio State University and a BSEE from Ohio Northern University, Ted volunteers his time as an advisor for startup companies at Rev1 and as a mentor for Relā’s leadership program.

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Join or Renew Your 2015 OEDA Membership Today!
Ohio's economic development professionals are the leaders in our communities in developing initiatives and programs that will help Ohio companies and communities find success.  It is vitally important for us to work together to keep and attract jobs to Ohio.

Through continued collaboration we will become more proactive and effective in our job retention and creation efforts.

Through the OEDA we advocate for funding for economic development programs at the State level.  We advocate for improvements to State and local incentive programs.  And we build awareness with legislators and community stakeholders of the successes of Ohio and of the increasing national and international competition for jobs.

In 2015, the OEDA will provide forums and professional development opportunities where practitioners, from new to seasoned, can identify fresh initiatives and workforce programs to implement in their communities.

For information on membership categories, membership benefits and how to purchase your membership please visit:

OEDA Job Listings
Marketing & Communications Coordinator,
Council of Development Finance Agencies,

Click here for more information.

Senior Project Consultant - Workforce Development & Education,
Thomas P. Miller & Associates,

Click here for more information.

Senior Project Consultant - Career Pathways,
Thomas P. Miller & Associates,
Click here for more information.


In This Issue
2015 Annual Summit October 20 - 23 Columbus Marriott Northwest

OEDA Discount for Managing Economic Development Organizations Training

Asia Business Forum

Building a High-Tech EcoSystem

Economic Development Efforts Help Create 379 Jobs Statewide

Circleville's getting a business incubator to serve southeast Ohio

Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program

Trumbull County Brownfield Coalition Forging New Links


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